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Comment Re:Wot? (Score 1) 120

It's a MVCish javascript framework. It's main claim to fame is data-binding. You can write all your HTML and decorate it, and use minimal markup to bind data to elements. Then you can do all the computation in abstract models, and the frontend is automatically updated as data changes. Its nifty, but its more for web-apps than websites.

Comment Re:Citation please? (Score 3, Informative) 415

4.5% of new recipients were African American, and 2% of technology workers at seven self-selected Silicon Valley companies are African American.

Firstly, there's the issue of the companies not being representative, but instead self selected. Secondly, the fact that new grads are being compared to the entire workforce make it an apples-to-oranges comparison. You should be comparing to the total number of hires of new grads - it would take a generation for graduation numbers to percolate through the entire workforce.

Comment Re:IBM wins $9.6m to host eCensus in 2016 (Score 1) 129 []

Now they are saying it's not been attacked from overseas.

Nah, they're still saying they were DDoSed, they just don't want to use the word "attack" (despite it being an attack) because it makes it sounds like they lost (which they did). Just the usual political weaselling.

Personally, I believe they were DDoSed, and it didn't show up on the maps because the attack was minuscule, but managed to take down their servers anyway, because it exploited a flaw (say, an expensive operation they could trigger) that gave it a potency beyond its scale.

Comment Re:truly free markets require full information (Score 1) 740

The thing is, you don't need federal government intervention to gain access to full information.

Take this case; if indeed, there is consumer interest in knowing that the food they eat is GMO-free, then there is an economic incentive for people who do sell GMO-free stuff to label their products accordingly - they'll get more sales. If you want to buy GMO-free, buy according to the label. You have all the information you need to make informed decisions, and it didn't need authoritarian legislation from on high.

Comment Re:This is not surge pricing (Score 1) 164

Uber's pricing responds to demand - it may be pre-programmed for known peaks, but it's also flexible enough to respond to conditions - although the surge during the Sydney siege was perhaps immoral, it was just the pricing algorithm doing its job, responding to a random increase in demand.

I'm not even convinced of that. People focus on what Uber was charging, but were their traditional taxis who were willing to drive into the middle of the situation to pick up passengers for standard fares?

Uber increases the rates drivers receive in order to encourage them more drivers to participate in times of high demand. The question is, would more or less people have been able to get transport out if Uber drivers hadn't been receiving higher rates? If the answer is "more", then I'd say Uber's actions were fully justified, and resulted in more net good than would have occurred if they hadn't increased their rates, and fewer drivers had participated.

Comment Re:is this really still an OS anymore? (Score 5, Insightful) 355

1. But I use windows for gaming! Steam has more than 200 titles that run just fine in Linux

It does. But like 90% of everything, most of them suck. There's a handful that are good. Games aren't fungible - it may be that just a single, specific title not being available on Linux is enough to keep certain people on windows.

Personally, I run a linux machine and a windows machine, with a kvm switch. I game on windows, and do everything else on linux. Works for me.

Comment Re:WhipslashPleaseGetRidOfSubjectsInComments (Score 1) 254

What the author is saying is given Mint is just Cinnamon + Ubuntu, why distribute this somewhat hacked together kludge, rather than collaborating with Canonical?

I don't get how that's a hacked together kludge. Ubuntu + repo + default packages seems like it's using the package system exactly the way it's supposed to be. I mean, every person I know running linux adds extra repos, and switches out the default packages at some point. This doesn't sound like a kludge so much as a slightly differently configured base install. Whether that's a significant enough difference to merit a new distro name might be a reasonable question, but it doesn't sound very kludgey.

Comment Pointless bill (Score 3, Interesting) 172

The motion called upon the Senate to note that strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people; that encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime; that encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil society actors can conduct their activities more securely; and that the Government, through services such as Medicare and Centrelink, and digital platforms such as myGov, depends on encryption to keep client information safe.

The motion also called upon the Senate to note that any decrease in public trust in digital systems and services will present an obstacle to the Government’s agile innovation agenda”.

Secondly, it called upon the Federal Government to “support the continued development and use of strong encryption technologies; resist any push from other governments to weaken encryption on personal devices; and work with law enforcement to develop alternative avenues to obtain information through warrants and targeted surveillance that does not put every Australian at greater risk of identity theft.”

It called on the senate to "support" and "note". Sounds like it was a largely pointless bill in the first place. Not that both major parties wouldn't sell out their voters for a dollar if it was on the table, but whether this particular bill passed or didn't will mean precisely squat to anyone, ever.

Comment Re:Not in China (Score 5, Insightful) 255

I'm no Apple supporter, but your comparison is (heh) apples-and-oranges. In the US, it's refusing to alter its software to allow the FBI to access private data. In China, it's allowing the government to perform a security audit of its source code - you know, just like every open source project on the planet implicitly allows China to do.

I mean, by that standard, Linux is co-operating with Chinese attempts to violate the privacy of its users, because it publishes its source code for the government to audit (if they feel like it), too. And honestly, with this admission about the FBI coming into the open, it just goes to show how justified other governments are in demanding to examine US products for signs of government malfeasance.

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